Fairbanks forward Johnston makes NCAA D1 commitment
April 10, 2020
The Fairbanks Ice Dogs of the North American Hockey League are pleased to announce that Top Prospects forward Jack Johnston has committed to play NCAA Division 1 hockey for St. Cloud State University in the NCHC.
Jack Johnston, 20, who was featured back on March 31st in the NAHL’s 50 Players, 50 Days segment here, completed his third and final season in the NAHL and finished as one of the most consistent and prolific scorers in team history.
The 5’10/170 lbs. native of St. Paul, Minnesota, was a major offensive force in all three seasons with Fairbanks and saved his best season for his last in 2019-20. Johnston finished 3rd in team scoring with 45 points (18 goals, 27 assists) in 52 games this season, all of which were career-highs.
Johnston was also selected to and played in the 2020 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament for the Midwest Division team, where he made the most of his opportunity on the big stage, scoring two goals in two games at the event. It was Johnston’s second appearance at the Top Prospects Tournament as he also played in the event in 2019.
“Jack was the leader of our team. He has been a tremendous asset for the Fairbanks Ice Dogs the last three years and will be sorely missed. His combination of speed, skill, and intensity will translate well to NCAA hockey and we look forward to tracking his progress,” said Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart. “He’s got a lot of intangibles, away from the rink, for sure. So, he’s a great combination of the skilled hockey player (with) leadership. The locker room just loves him and you can see it. He’s got an infectious ability about him and we couldn’t be more proud of him as our leader and moving on to play hockey at an institution like St. Cloud State.”
Overall in his three-year NAHL career, Johnston played in 155 career NAHL games, all with the Ice Dogs, and recorded 115 career points.